HIGH NOTES AVANTE inspires, gives hope and connects those touched by mental illness through artistic expression.

We are proud to have been awarded “Best Creative Innovation” at Richmond Hill’s Economic Development Committee’s 7th Creative symposium. Please CLICK HERE to watch the short video with our Artistic & Executive Director, Ingrid Taheri, speaking about our charity.

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Music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illnessOur ‘image raising’ events feature world class performances and speakers, and showcase the lives and talents of artists and personalities who are living good lives despite having an existing or past mental health challenge. We aim to erase stigma, educate, create community and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and also share their stories.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. If 1 in 5 people are affected and we all know someone who suffers, we should show the same compassion and respect for those affected by mental illness as for those affected by physical illness. Our events are therapeutic for those affected and an eye opener for the community at large. We invite you to get involved because WE ALL HAVE A (mental health) STORY

“Your kindness and empathy vis-à-vis our collective mental health struggles is unsurpassed.”

- Grammy Awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill

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Nov 22, 2019 We are holding an IMAGE-RAISER with our favourite comedienne, Luba Goy and the Selardor duo at the Heintzman House in Thornhill. Come for the music, come for the stories, come for the community…and come for the appetizers and drinks. GET TICKETS HERE

April 21, 2020 Luba will be back at the FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE for another High Notes Gala concert with artists and personalities sharing their experience with mental illness. Amongst the performers we proudly welcome the AMICI ENSEMBLE for the first time.

We are presenting these concerts/events thanks to funds from the Richmond Hill Charity and Gaming Association. Please consider supporting us with a donation at CANADA HELPS as well.